The DiabetesMine™ Patient Voices Contest

Patient-Voices-Logo-2014CONGRATS to the winners of our 2014 Patient Voices Contest!

In this annual scholarship program, we seek a group of activated patients to participate in our DiabetesMine Innovation Summit held each fall at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA.

Our winners helped represent the larger patient community, expressing our needs and desires to the Powers That Be: pharma industry and regulatory leaders, health insurance execs, clinicians, entrepreneurs, health tech experts, the country’s largest clinics and national advocacy organizations and more.

This year’s Summit took place on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, preceded by the Fall 2014 D-Data ExChange event, focusing on data technology and the #WeAreNotWaiting movement.

Both events were quite exciting!


This year’s DiabetesMine Patient Voices Winners are:

  • Julie Schulman, a researcher, scientist, mom and type 1 D-blogger at Cyberneticdiabetic, who often writes about improving quality of life for PWDs by working to automate, integrate, and analyze our diabetes data.



  • Sarah Kaye, a self-described type 1 “diabetes tech nerd at heart, D-blogger, photographer, insurance agent, and all-around sweet southern belle.”


  • Kimberly Hislop, a T1D for 16 years and a pumper for five, who’s passionate about the bionic pancreas and other technical advances for diabetes, as well as cultivating support from fellow PWDs.


  • Greg Nickleski, a type 1 from Illinois diagnosed in 2011 who plans to go back to school to study endocrinology, because he “wants to be on the forefront of cutting-edge technology involving diabetes.”


  • Jeff Mather, a type 1 photographer and D-blogger interested in reducing barriers to data access and making it possible for patients and caregivers to integrate medical devices and commercial/off-the-shelf products.


  • Melissa Lee, an active type 1 D-blogger and advocate from Dallas, TX, who’s also mom to two young children.*



(*Note: Christel & Melissa were also winners last year. Per our policy, applicants are eligible up to two years consecutively.)


Also joining us as Patient Community Delegates this year are our two volunteer DOC Judges:

  • Merle Gleeson, founder of Type 1 Diabetes Lounge in Chicago. You can read all about Merle’s rise to diabetes-advocacy stardom here.


  • Karen Graffeo, creator of the annual Diabetes Blog Week, JDRF volunteer and DCAF Advisory Board member.We’re proud to have had their assistance, and to welcome them as participants in our 2014 Innovation Summit as well!



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And thank you for your interest and participation.


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In Spring 2012, DiabetesMine proudly announced a new program in our continued efforts to push the envelope on diabetes innovation: we began “crowdsourcing patient needs.”DM_PatientVoices_Bug_2013

That is, we launched our Patient Voices Contest, in which we ask empowered PWDs (people with diabetes) everywhere to tell us about their most pressing unmet needs.

We put out a call for short minute video testimonials about the biggest challenges people face in their diabetes care, and how they would present those concerns to experts.

The 10 top entrants were selected to receive an “e-Patient Scholarship” to attend our DiabetesMine Innovation Summit that takes place annually at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Each year, our winners act as “delegates” for the patient community, expressing our needs and desires to the Powers That Be: decision-makers in pharma, healthcare, technology design, medical device regulation, software and app development, national advocacy groups and more.

This year, we are routing our applicants’ video entries through the new DiabetesMine Test Kitchen, the first-ever community hub for product reviews by and for patients. We want to see and hear how applicants approach evaluating tools designed to help with their illness.

We’re proud of this program, which puts patient needs and perspectives front and center of the national conversation about progress in diabetes care.

Please click here for our 2013 Contest Details and Winners.

And here for the 2012 Contest Details and Winners.

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Made possible by our forward-thinking 2014 program sponsors — THANK YOU!




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